President Trump Has a Wrecking Ball (and It’s Aimed at the Climate)

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists The wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency is taking aim at the foundation of our country’s response to climate change. Today, the Trump Administration is announcing a re-opening of the fuel efficiency/emissions standards for cars, which can...
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Who Pays for Rolling Back Regulations?

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By Joe Valenti and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Center for American Progress The new Congress and administration seem to understand—as Oscar Wilde once quipped—the price of everything and the value of nothing. The House of Representatives is quickly advancing bills that would cripple federal...
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EPA Pulls Back Sound Policy Judgment at Behest of Auto Industry

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rescinded the determination that the EPA standards for 2022-2025 are appropriate.  This decision was made at the request of automakers seeking to supplant more than four years of robust, technical analysis with a...
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Trump Administration Attacks Public Health Protections with Proposed Cuts to EPA Budget

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists News reports indicate that the Trump administration’s ‘skinny budget,’ to be announced tomorrow, will include draconian cuts to the EPA’s staff and budget. It’s pretty clear that despite President Trump’s claims that he will work “to promote...
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Skinning Clean Energy Budgets Risks Our Money, Jobs and More

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By Elizabeth Noll, Natural Resources Defense Council The biggest consumer savings program you’ve never heard of may be just one of dozens of Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives at risk of deep cuts under President Trump’s extreme new budget proposal. Funding for DOE’s hugely successful...
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Stand Up for Science: 5 Ways Scientists Can Make Their Voices Heard

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists As the Trump Administration and the new Congress have gotten down to work, there is a lot of chaos and confusion. But there are a few clear themes. There is a concerted attempt to enact by executive order or statute major rollbacks of...
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Attacking Regulation Using Slogans, Not Analysis

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By Joseph Tomain and Sidney Shapiro, Center for Progressive Reform The Trump administration’s fundamental hostility to government is by now plainly apparent. The President issued an executive order requiring agencies to get rid of two regulations for each new one that is adopted. He appointed...
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Wall Street Invests Billions to Avoid Regulation

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By Rio Tazewell, People For the American Way During the last election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent more than $2 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions, according to a new report out by Americans for Financial Reform. This equates to more than $2.7 million per...
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Time Is Ripe for EPA to Lead on Drinking Water Issues

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By Anjali Waikar, Natural Resources Defense Council When President Trump announced that the person slated to head the EPA was, in fact, the same person whose mission appeared to be to gut the EPA, we all cringed. And yet, during his nomination hearing, then-Attorney General Pruitt confirmed...
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If the CFPB Is Weakened, Won’t the Credit Bureaus Run Amok (Again?)

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Many are aware of the great work the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been doing since it was set up just over five years ago. It has already provided consumer refunds or other relief totaling nearly $12 billion to 29 million consumers harmed by unfair...
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The FCC and Congress Are Messing With Your Privacy

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press Your online privacy is at risk. Last October, the FCC adopted strong rules requiring internet service providers to get your consent before they surveil, sell or collect personal information beyond what’s needed to provide broadband access. Hardly anyone, of course, is...
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Why I Reject Trump’s “Dirty Water Order”

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By Kim Noble, Green for All Last Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order gutting protections for wetlands and drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans. But what really caught my attention was that on the same day, he signed another order to supposedly strengthen White House...
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